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CD REVIEW: TORPEDOHEAD – III

CD REVIEW: TORPEDOHEAD – III

| 13 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: TORPEDOHEAD – III Woodhouse Records April 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Torpedohead open III with Get Off My Back, a one-two-fuck-you blast of nuclear drummage and flamethrower guitars, as if their sleazy, punkish rawk n’ roll was soundtracking a Mad Max-like post-apocalyptic wasteland. Which it will, at some point in […]

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CD REVIEW: WHITFORD St. HOLMES – Reunion

CD REVIEW: WHITFORD St. HOLMES – Reunion

| 13 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: WHITFORD St. HOLMES – Reunion Mailboat Records 3 June, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 As guitarist for Aerosmith, and guitarist/vocalist for Ted Nugent and Spinal Tap inspiration respectively, Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes trod the biggest stages in the world, just a step or three behind two of the most gregarious, […]

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CD REVIEW: POISON HEART – Strong Ties

CD REVIEW: POISON HEART – Strong Ties

| 13 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: POISON HEART – Strong Ties Zodiac Killer Records January 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Hailing from Warsaw, the five piece grimy dirty rock n’ rollers Poison Heart cook up a tasty boogie punk stew on third album Strong Ties. Irrepressibly energetic and full of spirit, the band sound like they’re giving it […]

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CD REVIEW: DIESEL – Americana

CD REVIEW: DIESEL – Americana

| 11 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: DIESEL – Americana Liberation 1 July, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 There ain’t nothin’ more pointless on this green earth than an album of cover versions which are virtual carbon copies of the originals. Why bother! Conversely, an artist stamping their own talented personality over the tunes which shaped their own musical […]

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CD REVIEW: THE MEZCALTONES – The Mezcaltones EP

CD REVIEW: THE MEZCALTONES – The Mezcaltones EP

| 11 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE MEZCALTONES – The Mezcaltones EP Independent 20 May, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Like the aural equivalent of tequila and sunshine, The Mezcaltones are so cool it hurts. Hip priests of south-of-the-border (to Sydney, that is), post-siesta Tex-Mex grooves, these nudie-shirt-and-stetson-wearing rockers lay down a musical chimichanga that has as much […]

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CD REVIEW: CLAUDE HAY – Roller Coaster

CD REVIEW: CLAUDE HAY – Roller Coaster

| 11 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: CLAUDE HAY – Roller Coaster Independent 8 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Don’t let Claude Hay’s surfer chic, lazy twang and the fireside bonhomie of his songs fool you – his music may embody roots-with-soul laidbacksville, but his work ethic is unflinching, with this fourth studio album the proof. […]

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CD REVIEW: BUFFALO CROWS – Bovonic Empire

CD REVIEW: BUFFALO CROWS – Bovonic Empire

| 11 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: BUFFALO CROWS – Bovonic Empire Independent August 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 It’s hard to believe that Buffalo Crows, New South Wales’ leaders of the Buffalo revivalist movement, released their last album two full years ago – it seems like only a few months ago since Primitive Grind tore stampeded […]

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CD REVIEW: ROSS NEILSEN – Elemental

CD REVIEW: ROSS NEILSEN – Elemental

| 6 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: ROSS NEILSEN – Elemental Independent 2 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 On album #6 Ross Neilsen serves up a richly rewarding collection of radio-friendly modern blues, with a sprinkling of rootsy Americana throughout. If Black Coffee seems a mundane subject to write a whole song about, think again: Neilsen pulls it […]

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CD REVIEW: MI-SEX – Not From Here

CD REVIEW: MI-SEX – Not From Here

| 6 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: MI-SEX – Not From Here Golden Robot Records 9 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 1/2/10 Kiwi new wave pioneers Mi-Sex are back with a new frontman and a new album some thirty-three years after their last instalment. Remembered primarily for cutting edge electro-pop anthem Computer Games, the band took hiatus in […]

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CD REVIEW: THADEUS GONZALEZ – Thadeus Gonzalez

CD REVIEW: THADEUS GONZALEZ – Thadeus Gonzalez

| 6 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THADEUS GONZALEZ – Thadeus Gonzalez Independent 29 July, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Former Electric Sister frontman Thadeus Gonzalez unleashes his second solo album with the raunchy Diamond High, a song that pointedly cuts down the ‘all that glitters is gold’ rose coloured glasses of the shallow. It’s a feisty […]

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CD/DVD REVIEW: LIVE AT WACKEN 2015 – 26 Years Louder Than Hell

CD/DVD REVIEW: LIVE AT WACKEN 2015 – 26 Years Louder Than Hell

| 6 October 2016 | Reply

CD/DVD REVIEW: LIVE AT WACKEN 2015 – 26 Years Louder Than Hell UDR 26 August, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Not for the faint-hearted, Wacken is a true heavy metal festival – perhaps the truest in the world, and certainly the most famous. Gathered here is a precis of the acts from […]

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CD REVIEW: GHOST – Popestar

CD REVIEW: GHOST – Popestar

| 6 October 2016 | Reply

Label: Loma Vista Release Date: September 16, 2016 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I dig Ghost’s previous efforts, so why not this one?  After checking out the show in Detroit the other night, I had to put my hands on a copy of this EP.  With four great covers and a bombastic original […]

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CD REVIEW: RAVENEYE – Nova

CD REVIEW: RAVENEYE – Nova

| 5 October 2016 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music srl Release Date: September 23, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I dug RavenEye’s last release, a rocking EP that tool me by surprise, so I welcomed the latest release from the trio with open arms… and I am not disappointed with this eleven track rocker. Disc opener “Wanna Feel You” kicks the […]

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CD REVIEW: THE SUPERJESUS – Love and Violence EP

CD REVIEW: THE SUPERJESUS – Love and Violence EP

| 4 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE SUPERJESUS – Love and Violence EP Golden Robot Records 5 August, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Confidence has never seemed lacking in Sarah McLeod, and on Superjesus’ first release in over a decade, it’s practically bursting through the seams. For good reason too: Love and Violence is as good a record […]

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CD REVIEW: JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT – Edges

CD REVIEW: JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT – Edges

| 4 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT – Edges Independent March 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 /10 There’s a bluesy, soulful edge to the rootsy soft rock of sister and brother Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, who hail from upstate New York. On first listen it’s tempting to think that Jocelyn’s riveting, emotive, passionate vocals are […]

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CD REVIEW: TOXICON – Purge

CD REVIEW: TOXICON – Purge

| 4 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: TOXICON – Purge Independent August 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Someone must have been feeding this ten-legged Melbourne riff machine iron filings to make them so fucking metal: this debut album is immense – and fucking heavy! Featuring about an equal mix of clean and scream vocals, laden with pounding double bass […]

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CD REVIEW: SHIT THE COW – The One With The Devil EP

CD REVIEW: SHIT THE COW – The One With The Devil EP

| 4 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: SHIT THE COW – The One With The Devil EP Independent 1 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Sweden’s Shit The Cow unleash their inner warrior on EP number 5, bookending the release with two very different takes on the track Warcow. Opening with a combat rock take on the […]

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CD REVIEW: MATTHEW CURRY – Shine On

CD REVIEW: MATTHEW CURRY – Shine On

| 1 October 2016 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: September 16, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur In my book, blues can go one way or the other – I don’t typically stay in the middle… I either dig it or I don’t.  The latest EP from Matthew Curry??  I really dig it.  I love the vibe of the […]

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CD REVIEW: LETTERS FROM THE FIRE – Worth The Pain

CD REVIEW: LETTERS FROM THE FIRE – Worth The Pain

| 29 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Sand Hill Records Release Date: September 9, 2016 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I love getting new music – my love for different genres and bands has come about because I was willing to take a chance on something or someone new.  The recent release from Letters From The Fire falls in this […]

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CD REVIEW: THE IRON BRIDGE BAND – Against The Grain

CD REVIEW: THE IRON BRIDGE BAND – Against The Grain

| 29 September 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE IRON BRIDGE BAND – Against The Grain Messej Media & Publishing 1 July, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 The Iron Bridge Band hail from the Garden State of America, New Jersey, and you can line up their influences, connecting dots from Free to The Allman Brothers to Bruce Springsteen to Bon […]

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